To clean or not to clean? This is the question.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Theeggboxtoo, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. Theeggboxtoo

    Theeggboxtoo Songster

    Oct 5, 2010
    I have been hatching a lot of eggs this year and I have noticed that a lot of them die fully formed as they're hatching. I have 2 hovabators, one hatcher and one with a turner. I have read my hovabator manual several times and I'm doing everything I'm supposed to. I have not washed any of the eggs, so do you think that the bacteria is killing them? Do you wash your eggs? Do you have better hatch rates with washed eggs?

  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Someone was going to do a project on that I thought.

    I wonder what became of it.

    the procedure was to have an equal number of eggs from the same hens divided into two incubators, marked by date laid, hen who laid and which group.

    1/2 washed and 1/2 unwashed in each incubator, each in the same room but on different plugs (different circuits).
    Each incubator will need a sterile divider so when chicks hatch they cannot cross to the other side.

    All eggs are handled with gloves one pair for the washed, one pair for the unwashed.

    record the hatches by hen, date, and group- that is if one hen had nothing but dud eggs in both groups you could discount all of those eggs from both groups or all eggs 12 days and older failed to hatch you'll know that age matters.

    hatch by age both groups (age of egg at setting vs number hatched)
    hatch by age washed
    hatch by age unwashed
  3. bantaclear

    bantaclear In the Brooder

    Apr 14, 2011
    High River
    I have been wondering this as well. I didnt wash the batch that i have in now, but i was going to wash the next ones. I know this isnt very controled but it cant hurt to try right.
  4. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    sure that might give you an idea, just not hard data

  5. Theeggboxtoo

    Theeggboxtoo Songster

    Oct 5, 2010
    I might try this...

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